OPEN THE WIN­DOW

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TESTBENCH -

For Mac fans, hav­ing to work on a Win­dows ma­chine has al­ways been some­thing of a nec­es­sary evil, of­ten forced upon them by their work en­vi­ron­ments. You can run Win­dows on a Mac too, though with lim­ited us­abil­ity. But the lat­est Par­al­lels Desk­top 8 for Mac seems to have ironed out per­for­mance flaws as­so­ci­ated with the switchover.

Down­load­ing Par­al­lels is quite easy as the file is just over 300 MB. Once the soft­ware has been in­stalled, it gives you mul­ti­ple op­tions. You can down­load the lat­est Win­dows 8 re­lease pre­view—even Ubuntu or An­droid— or mi­grate a li­censed Win­dows from an­other PC. We tested the soft­ware on a MacBook Air and our Win­dows 8 down­load got stuck in the mid­dle.

When we fi­nally got it up and run­ning, the ex­pe­ri­ence was truly amaz­ing. There is no boot up needed to switch be­tween Win­dows, which is as sim­ple as click­ing an icon on the top. The Moun­tain Lion and Win­dows 8 in­te­gra­tion is so seam­less that you can now have the Mac no­ti­fi­ca­tions even in your Win­dows screen. The Win­dows 8 screen ad­justs it­self to the best size, and as the mouse ar­row moves from Win­dows to the Mac screen you can see how it changes colour from white to black. The in­te­gra­tion is that seam­less. Since Win­dows 8 has the start but­ton and some other func­tions built into the screen cor­ners, Par­al­lels has made a sticky mouse where the ar­row sort of clings to the edges of the Win­dows screen so that you don’t miss it.An­other good thing is that now you can use Mac dic­ta­tion even while us­ing a Word file. Plus, like ear­lier ver­sions of Par­alles, you are not lim­ited to switch­ing be­tween OS. You can now switch be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions of the two OS with­out think­ing where you are. In fact, Launchpad and Mis­sion Con­trol now show the Win­dows ap­pli­ca­tions too and you can launch the same with one click. Then you can even make the run like Mac ap­pli­ca­tions with­out the Win­dows back­ground or style. The other good thing is that your Sa­fari browser now has a In­ter­net Ex­plorer but­ton to switch if needed.

This is un­doubt­edly the best blend­ing of Mac and Win­dows so far. So you no longer have a rea­son to put off a Mac pur­chase be­cause it won’t run Win­dows.

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